Legacy MAG

February 12, 2013
By chris341 GOLD, Springville, Utah
chris341 GOLD, Springville, Utah
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Favorite Quote:
"If you have built castles in the sky, do not despair, that is where they should be. Now build the foundations under them." -Thoreau


My aunt calls my grandpa
Atticus Finch.
The greatest respect
she could hope to pay him.
Just like the rapist
who painted a fence.
The defenseless, defended
for a fresh coat of paint
Built his
Legacy.

My mom calls my grandma
if time permits.
Grandma told Mom
She didn't need college.
Mom left home without
Grandma or her money.
A lost daughter who slowly
crept back to her arms
Built her
Legacy.

My family calls upon me
to build my own future.
But I cannot build it.
I have no tools,
no hammer and nails.
I gave them to everyone
living around me.
So that they could
Build my
Legacy.



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on Aug. 19 2013 at 7:39 pm
AnnyssaHowerton GOLD, Yuma, Arizona
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Favorite Quote:
If there is a star in the night sky, then today was a good day.
or
If there is a star in the sky, then it is nighttime.

That was very well written. :) 

chris341 GOLD said...
on Aug. 19 2013 at 11:48 am
chris341 GOLD, Springville, Utah
15 articles 0 photos 9 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you have built castles in the sky, do not despair, that is where they should be. Now build the foundations under them." -Thoreau

Thanks for your feedback! I'm glad you like it. To clarify, I think you are right about individuals having a great power to build their own futures. But I think ultimately, the way we treat other people will define how they remember us, which is our legacy. That was what I was trying to convey. 

Mckay ELITE said...
on Aug. 17 2013 at 2:40 pm
Mckay ELITE, Somewhere, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
"The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do."
—Apple’s “Think Different” commercial, 1997
“Crazy people are considered mad by the rest of the society only because their intelligence isn't understood.”
― Weihui Zhou

I love the ending but at the same time I feel in between about it. Yes, the people that are around shape our futures. They have a big part in it. But, simultaneously, we, the individual, have a biggerpart in shaping our own futures. Regardless, this is merely my opinion. By this, I'm not saying your poem isn't good. It is good. Beyond that. I love the allusion to Atticus Finch. One of my favorite literary figures ever.  Congrats on the Editors' Choice. You deserve it. 


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